What Does it take to Get Texas SSDI from Hearing Loss?

What Does it take to Get Texas SSDI from Hearing Loss?

There are many people who suffer from hearing loss either because they were born without it or because it developed over time for some other reason. Even if a person doesn’t experience a traumatic event or suffer from a disease condition that causes the loss of hearing, as we age, our hearing becomes less defined and vivid. There are an estimated 15% of adults throughout the country that reports having some amount of difficulty with their hearing. Having parents that can hear is no indicator that a child will lose the sense. Approximately 90% of all children that are diagnosed as deaf have parents that can hear.

Hearing loss can range in severity from mild to disabling. For individuals that suffer from what is considered disabling or profound hearing loss, these individuals have the hardest time making out any sound. Because of this communication is often reliant upon sign language. Approximately 2% of adults in America between the ages of 45-54 have hearing loss that is considered at the disabling level. With the increase in age comes the increase in the number of adults that suffer from this condition. 

  • Americans aged 55 to 64 – 8.5% have disabling hearing loss
  • Americans aged 64-74 – 25% have disabling hearing loss
  • Americans aged 75 and older – 75% have disabling hearing loss 

Can You get Texas SSDI For Hearing Loss?

What Does it take to Get Texas SSDI from Hearing LossIf you are suffering from hearing loss that is impacting your ability to work, then you will need a medical examination and hearing tests to determine the level of hearing loss you are dealing with before you can get SSDI in Dallas. This information along with your medical history, your quality of life, and the struggles you face because of your hearing loss will be evaluated. When the:

  • Air conduction tests, tests that that look at how sound is received in the inner and outer ear, come back at a minimum of 90 decibels; and
  • The average threshold for a bone conduction test is a minimum of 60 decibels.
  • Or, the speech reception threshold test that measures a person’s ability to understand words at a range of different decibels to figure out how loud words must be to be understood is 40% and lower.

The Social Security Administration is likely to consider you disabled if you get these test results. People that have had a cochlear implant for at least one year may still be considered disabled. When these individuals take a word recognition test and they score a 60% and below, then they can be deemed disabled by the SSA.

Speak to a Plano SSDI Attorney Today

Hearing loss in its most severe form can be tested and identified and when this happens, individuals that are afflicted with such extreme hearing disabilities are in a good position to obtain SSDI if they are unable to work because of their hearing issues. If you are struggling with hearing problems that are interfering with your ability to work in Texas, Brad Thomas is a Texas SSDI attorney that can assess your case and help you with your Texas SSDI claim. To schedule a free consultation with the Plano SSDI attorney please call (972) 863-2367.